FITCHBURG STATE COLLEGE C- D &k ktieau \o. 'Student imu *<* * &** $ hf%, to FITCHBURG STATE COLLEGE Handbook off Rules and Regulations I. Academic Regulations 3-10 II. Student Judicial Code 10-15 III. Residence Hall Regulations 15-19 A. Rules for Student Conduct 15 B. Sanctions 16 C. Policy on Excessive Stereo Noise in Residence Halls 18 D. Procedures for Planning a Party in a Residence Hall 19 IV. Student Life Regulations 19-27 A. Alcohol Policies 19 1. Pub Rules and Regulations 21 2. Use of Holmes Dining Commons for Special Events 22 B. Animals on Campus 23 C. Cafeteria Behavior 23 D. Confidentiality of Student Records 24 E. Facilities Reservations 26 F. Massachusetts Trespass Act 26 G. Non-Discrimination 26 H. Parking Regulations 27 I. Past-Due Student Accounts 27 I. ACADEMIC REGULATIONS DEGREES OFFERED Fitchburg State College is empowered by the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts State College System to offer the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Education, and Master in Education. Bachelor of Arts. The degree of Bachelor of Arts is offered in the following fields: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Sociology. Bachelor of Science. The degree of Bachelor of Science is offered in the following fields: Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Communi- cations/Media, Computer Science, Geography, History, Human Services, Industrial Science, Mathematics, Medical Technology, Nursing, Physics, Psychology, Sociology. Bachelor of Science in Education. The degree of Bachelor of Science in Education is offered in the following fields: Biology, Chemistry, Early Childhood, Elementary, English, Geography, History, Industrial Arts, Mathematics, Physics, Special Education. Master of Education. The degree of Master of Education is offered in the following areas of specialization: Counseling, Creative Arts, Elementary Education, Industrial Education, Mathematics Education, Occupational Education, Reading, School Leadership, School Psychology, Science Education, Special Education, The Teaching of English, The Teaching of History. Further information regarding these programs may be obtained through the Office of Graduate and Continuing Education. Master of Arts in Teaching. The degree of Master of Arts in Teaching is offered in English. Further information regarding this program may be obtained through the Office of Graduate and Continuing Education. ACADEMIC ADVISING Academic and general advice is available to all undergraduates throughout their enrollment at Fitchburg State College. Through the department chairman and the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, each student is assigned an academic advisor knowledgeable in the student's major academic subject area. Each student is encouraged to consult the academic advisor at any time during the semester regarding any problems encountered. Individual instructors, department chairmen and the Dean of Undergraduate Studies are also available for academic counseling throughout the semester. Each student must consult with his/her academic advisor before registering for courses. The academic advisor will then sign and forward the registration materials to the Registrar of the College for processing. All faculty at the College are available to students for five hours a week or by appointment. Their office hours are posted in departments and are also available in the office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Faculty advisors are allowed to approve student schedules of between 12 and 18 Semester Hours (S.H.). Students wishing to enroll for courses outside of these limits must obtain the permission of their academic advisor and the Dean of Undergraduate Studies. All students will conform to the curriculum requirements at the time of their matriculation to the College. However, the College reserves the right to alter the curriculum requirements where it becomes necessary to meet statutory, educational, or professional requisites or to assure quality educational programs. ACADEMIC HONESTY Academic honesty involves the kind of responsibility and ethical standards which one should expect in a professional person. Any instance in which a person passes in another's work as his own is dishonesty. This includes plagiarism as well as other forms of copying. Direct quotations from any sources in a report must be placed in quotation marks and properly documented. Students are likewise responsible for preventing copying. A student who provides the opportunity for someone to copy or loans his/her paper to someone is not maintaining standards and will also be subject to disciplinary action. ATTENDANCE REGULATIONS In the absence of a departmental policy, requirements regarding student attendance at classes will be determined by each faculty member and so announced to the students at the beginning of each course and stated in the course syllabus. Class attendance is a matter for instructor and student to consider. It is the prerogative of the instructor to place a value on class attendance and it is the instructor's duty to inform students of these views early in the semester and to state the policy in the course syllabus. Students will not be dropped from class on basis of absences. It is the responsibility of each instructor to maintain a record of attendance for students in classes. Should the need arise for verification of a student's attendance, direct reference will be made to the faculty member involved. Where validation of an absence is available through any source, it is recommended that the student show the validation to all instructors concerned and then place it on file in the Registrar's Office or the Student Life Office. It is the responsibility of each student to consult with his/her professors prior to an absence or immediately upon his/her return. AUDITING COURSES CHANGE OF NAME OR ADDRESS Students are permitted to audit courses, but must have the approval of the instructor. A record of audited courses does not appear on the student's official transcript. CERTIFICATION PROCEDURES All senior education majors are responsible for checking graduation requirements and certification procedures at the beginning of their senior year. Certification procedures will be discussed at scheduled meetings early in the semester. For further information, contact the Registrar's Office. CHANGE OF CLASS SCHEDULES During the first and second week of each semester students are allowed to change their schedule of classes through the use of an Add/ Drop form and with appropriate approval. A student must have the approval of the course instructor in order to add or drop a course during this period and must have the approval of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies and the academic advisor if this change in schedule results in less than 12 or more than 18 S.H. of course work. Add/ Drop forms are available from the Office of the Registrar. CHANGE OF MAJOR Any student who desires to change his major course of study should obtain the appropriate form from the Office of the Registrar, and secure the signatures of the chairmen of both the department to be entered and the department being left. Department chairmen will offer advice and assistance and will assign the student a new academic advisor. A student must then satisfy the requirements of the new major program according to the catalog of the year of the matriculation. Each student should promptly report any change of name or address to the Registrar's Office so that his or her permanent record can be altered accordingly. CLASS CANCELLATIONS AND DISMISSALS In the event of inclement weather the cancellation of classes will be reported on WBZ, WEIM, WFGL, WTAG, and WLMS radio stations. Faculty absences are posted daily on the Sanders Building and Thompson Hall Bulletin Boards and at the Campus Center Information Desk. If a faculty member fails to meet a class within twenty minutes of its scheduled starting time, students may assume the class will not be held. CLEP AND ADVANCED PLACEMENT EXAMINATION The primary goal of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is to make it possible for an individual to earn college credit on the basis of examinations. CLEP is a program of the College Entrance Examination Board. The CLEP examinations are very useful for traditional and regularly enrolled students, but they are especially valuable for people whose learning experiences have taken place primarily outside college classrooms. CLEP POLICY STATEMENT General Policy: Appropriate credit can be granted on the basis of general and/or individual Subject Examination results. However, a student may not be awarded more than 60 college credits through the CLEP program. Specific Policies: 1. Credit for, or waiver of courses will be recorded only for students who have matriculated at Fitchburg State College. 2. Credit earned or requirements waived will be recorded by the Registrar upon receipt of an official score report from the College Entrance Examination Board. In recording results from Examinations for which an essay or practical examination is required, approval from the major department will be necessary. (Approval = Pass/ Fail.) 3. Credit for the General, or for any of the Subject Examinations will not be granted if the student has completed satisfactorily, one or more of the courses listed as equivalent courses to or having similar content to a CLEP Examination. 4. In order to receive transfer credit obtained under CLEP from another institution, the applicant must have a score which is equal to or greater than that score which is the required minimum for credit at Fitchburg State College. 5. The minimum score recommended for each CLEP Examination is based upon the Median (50%) score obtained by students in the normative group. 6. The credit award for each CLEP Examination is based upon the candidate attaining a score equivalent to or greater than the scores listed. The median scores, equivalent courses, credit hours, and policies specific to the General Examination and Subject Examination are available in the Counseling and Career Center. Advanced Placement Examination Students who score 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement Examination will receive advanced placement in the area tested but no credit will be awarded. Exemption from English Composition Students scoring 600 on the SAT Verbal Test of the CEEB English Achievement Test, as well as those who have done consistently well in high school English, are advised to take a CLEP exam for possible exemption from and possible credit for English Composition I and II. COLLEGE ACADEMIC PROGRAM SHARING: CAPS CAPS allows students at Fitchburg State College to attend another of the Massachusetts State Colleges. The purpose of the program is to allow students to enroll in up to 30 semester hours of courses in another state college without going through formal registration procedures. CAPS affords students in the Massachusetts State College System an opportunity to enjoy a broad educational experience with a wide range of faculty, programs, and facilities. The CAPS program is not open to freshmen. COLLEGE GOVERNANCE Evaluation: 1. This policy shall be periodically evaluated to determine its appropriateness in terms of the education objectives of Fitchburg State College. 2. The Subject Examinations of CLEP are constantly being expanded to include additional subject areas. As soon as score interpretation material is available for evaluation, additional CLEP Examinations will be added. The granting of credit for these new Subject Exams should follow the general policy suggested in this Policy Statement. Among the many organizations on campus, the All-College Committee plays a central and vital role. The Committee is composed of five students, five faculty members and five administrators, elected by their peers. The Committee shares in governance in matters which concern the whole College Community. The Committee not only deals with problems which arise, but also recommends policy in areas affecting the entire College Community. DEAN'S LIST AND HONORS Recognition of academic excellence is noted by the Dean's List and notation of Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Cum Laude at graduation. A student is placed on the Dean's List for the semester if an average grade of 3.20 or better is attained, and the student is attending the college full time. Graduation honors are noted for recognition of an outstanding cumulative average. A student graduates with highest honor, Summa Cum Laude, if the cumulative academic average is 3.80 or higher. Similarly a student will be graduate with high honor, Magna Cum Laude, if the cumulative average is 3.50 or higher, and is graduated with honor, Cum Laude, with an average of 3.20 or better. FULL TIME A full time student must take 12 or more semester hours of college credit. A student taking less than 12.S.H. is in danger of losing veterans' benefits, some scholarships and participation in varsity sports. A student who is not registered for 12 S.H. will not be on the Dean's List of the College. GENERAL EDUCATION It is the intent of Fitchburg State College that all students be generally and liberally educated. To this end each student is required to take a distribution of courses in the various disciplines. All baccalaureate candidates at Fitchburg State College are required to take a minimum of 60 S.H. in general education courses. In addition to the required courses in English Composition, Speech, and Health and Fitness, the credits are distributed among mathematics and the sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. The humanities and social sciences each have a 15 S.H. requirement, while the math/ science area is satisfied by taking four courses distributed among the disciplines. No more than eight S.H. of one discipline may be used to satisfy any of the three requirements. The humanities requirements may be fulfilled by any course in art, music, literature, speech, foreign languages or philosophy. Similarly, the social sciences requirement may be fulfilled by taking courses in any of the following disciplines: history, economics, geography, government, political science, psychology, sociology, or anthropology. Finally, the math/ science distributional requirement may be satisfied by taking courses in mathematics, biology, chemistry, computer science, physics, physical science, earth science, astronomy, meteorology, or geology. A professional or teacher education course will not satisfy a general education requirement . Physical education courses may be used as electives for general education. GOOD ACADEMIC STANDING A student is in good academic standing if by the end of both the second semester of the freshman year and the first semester of the sophomore year the student has obtained a cumulative academic average of 1.75 and maintains a 2.00 cumulative average thereafter. A student who is not in good academic standing is either on academic probation or dismissed from the college. A student must have an overall cumulative average of 2.00 for graduation, as well as an average of 2.00 in his major courses. GRADING SYSTEM The grades given academic work at Fitchburg State College run from through 4 (0, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4). Zero indicates academic failure for a course. 1 or 1.5 is poor but passing, 2 or 2.5 is average, 3 Or 3.5 is good and 4 is excellent. Quality points are determined by the following process: The number of semester hours in each course is first multiplied by the grade. Thus a student who takes five, three semester hour courses and receives two grades of 3 (18), two grades of 2 (12) and a grade of 1.5 (4.5) has a total of 34.5 points to be divided by the total of semester hours attempted (15) and attains a quality point average of 2.3 for the semester. An average of 3.2 or better qualifies a student for the Dean's List. IN is recorded for incomplete, W for withdrawal, and CR for credit. GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS In order to graduate from Fitchburg State College with a baccalaureate degree, a student must have successfully completed both the required courses as well as the total number of semester hours necessary for his major program. He must have attained at least a 2.00 cumulative average in the total program as well as in his major field. Before graduation the student shall have completed a minimum of 30 S.H. at the college which is normally undertaken in the senior year. A requirement specific to some education degrees is the completion of the National Teachers Examination. All students at the College must file with the Registrar not later than February 1 of the year of graduation. According to state law graduates of the College must demonstrate a knowledge of the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Massachusetts. Students may meet these requirements by passing a written examination administered by the Department of Social Sciences. A pamphlet giving further information about the examination and a study guide may be obtained from the college bookstore. Students who successfully complete PS 10, PS 20, PS 22, HI 21 or HI 22 are excused from the examination. HEALTH AND FITNESS REQUIREMENT In order to meet the Health and Fitness requirement, students may select one of the following options: 1. One course from Option I; 2. Three courses from Option II; or 3. Two courses from Option II and one from Option III. Option I includes Health and Fitness, Excerise and Sport Science, and Athletic Training and Conditioning. Option II includes constitutional Morphology, Introduction to Kinesiology, Consumer Health, Perceptual Motor Learning and Motor Performance, Diet, Exercise and Weight Control, Figure Control through Weight Training, Orientation to Physical Activity, Weight Training for Athletes, First Aid and Safety, Jogging, Sports Concepts, and Pyschology of Sport. Option III includes Physical Education: an overview, Behavioral Concepts of Sport, Fundamentals of Coaching, Recreational Leadership, Independent Study, Camp Counseling, Physical Education in the Elementary School, Handball, Gymnastics, Volleyball, Tennis, Badminton, Judo, Karate, Cross Country Skiing, Skiing, Backpacking, Mountain Leadership, Canoeing, Folk Dance, Aerobics, Rhythmics, Physical Conditioning, Soccer, Basketball, Advanced Basketball, Softball, Advanced Tennis, Slimnastics, Advanced Volleyball, Recreational Sports, Downhill Skiing, and Beginning Tumbling. INCOMPLETE GRADES The grade of Incomplete (IN) is given only if at least 80% of the course work has been completed at the time of discontinuance due to illness or similar disability. Incomplete grades must be made up within four weeks after the opening of the following semester. The "IN" becomes an "F" grade if the student fails to make up the work and fails to take the Final Examination within the prescribed time limit. Incomplete grades do not affect a student's dismissal or retention by the College. INDEPENDENT STUDY Students may pursue Independent Study under the supervision of a faculty member. Only 3 S.H. of Independent Study may be attempted in one semester. If a student needs to take more than 3 S.H. of Independent Study, permission must be received from the Dean of Undergraduate Studies. MAKE-UP OF FAILING GRADES If a student fails a course, his grade for that course is zero. It will be crossed out when the course is retaken and passed. In this manner a student may raise his/her cumulative average. A student may not retake a course in which a grade of "D" was given and have the second grade counted in his average. THE PRESIDENT'S LIST evidenced by use of currently acceptable levels of English. 3. The successful completion of the tuberculin test. 4. The Teacher Education Council requires that each candidate for student teaching possess a 2.00 cumulative index and a 2.50 index in the major field of study, as each department defines "major field." No incomplete in any course is allowed. No probationary status is allowed. No unresolved failure is permitted in a candidate's major field. 5. A student convicted of a felony as defined and identified by the courts of any state is automatically ineligible for a teacher education program. 6. All transfer students are required to take 12 S.H. from at least three different professors within their respective departments prior to student teaching. Appeals to any of the above should be directed to the secretary of the Teacher Education Council. NOTE: An incomplete or failure in student teaching necessitates the repetition of the course. Each student must furnish transportation to the teaching assignments. The President's List honors students for consistent high academic acheivement. The student is named to the President's List when he or she has achieved a semester average of 3.75 or higher for three successive semesters. However, should the student drop below 3.75 for a semester, even though the cumulative average remains 3.75 or higher based upon previous semesters' achievement, the student is ineligible for the President's List. SCREENING POLICIES FOR STUDENT TEACHING STYLE MANUAL The Modern Language Style Manual for writing is the official style manual for Fitchburg State College unless modified by individual departments for needs particular to their discipline. TRANSCRIPTS Transcripts are available from the Office of the Registrar and will be sent at the request of a student for a charge of one dollar. 1. Positive recommendation of a majority of the faculty members in the area of the major and/ or specialization. 2. A demonstrated effectiveness in oral and written communication as WITHDRAWAL FROM THE COLLEGE Students contemplating withdrawal from the College should discuss their plans with a representative from either the Counseling and Career Center, the AID Office, or the Dean of Undergraduate Studies. Information and assistance about withdrawal and withdrawal forms may be obtained from any of these offices. Properly completed withdrawal forms must be returned to the Student Life Office in the Sanders Administration Building. WITHDRAWAL FROM A COURSE Students may withdraw from a course during the first two weeks of the semester without penalty by notifying the instructor and the Registrar, using the Add /Drop from obtainable from the Registrar's Office. Between the end of the second and the end of the twelfth week of classes, students may withdraw by obtaining the permission of the instructor and faculty advisor. Students who withdraw during this period will receive a grade of "W." Any student who fails to follow these procedures will automatically receive an "F" (grade "0") for the course. A student who withdraws from a course after the twelfth week of a semester will be assinged an "F" grade unless extenuating circumstances warrant further consideration. II. STUDENT JUDICIAL CODE I. The Student Judicial Board shall be composed of five (5) members: A. Student Welfare Chairperson or designee, subject to the approval of the Student Government Association Council. B. One member of the Student Government Associaiton Council to be elected by majority vote of Council. C. Three students to be selected by a majority vote of the Student Government Association Executive Board (hereafter, the Committee) and one to serve as an alternate from among those students who petition for the position, subject to approval by majority vote of Council. 1. there shall be well- publicized notice of openings in the Judicial Board. 2. any full-time student in good standing shall be eligible to petition the Committee. II. There shall also be chosen, by majority vote of the Committee, and subject to the approval by a majority of Council, from the students who petition for the position, a student who shall serve as Hearing Officer. The Hearing Officer shall: A. Receive and determine the validity of all complaints for prosecution brought before him or her. B. Prosecute action heard by the Board. C. Have any powers necessary to do so which are not inconsistent with these or any other college regulations III. The term of office for each Judicial Board member and for the Hearing Officer, shall be one (1) year. The aforementioned are eligible for a maximum of two (2) terms or portions thereof. If any Judicial board member, or the Hearing Officer, should be unable to complete the term, a replacement will be chosen by the Committee. IV. The Student Government Associaiton Council may hear motions for dismissal of any 10 Judicial board member or the Hearing Officer, for improper conduct or abuse of that position The Council shall allow a hearing for the Judicial Board member or Hearing Officer to explain his conduct, and then shall vote on the motion. A three-fourths (%) vote of the Council shall be required for dismissal. Any Judicial Board member or Hearing Officer who has been properly dismissed is not eligible to serve another term. V. Procedure: There shall be one meeting of the Judicial Board as soon as possible after its selection, for the purpose of setting up internal operating procedures. A copy of these procedures will be made available to any student upon request, and shall be filed with the Student Govenment Association secretary. A. Any member of the College community may bring a complaint before either the Hearing Officer or the appropriate Vice President's Office within fourteen (14) days of discovery of alleged misconduct by a student. B. Any complaint arising from the residence halls may be referred to the appropriate residence hall judicial board. C. Within forty-eight (48) hours of receipt of such notification and providing that the Hearing Officer or Vice President find such a complaint reasonable, the Hearing Officer or the Vice President's office shall deliver written notice to the student charged. Such notice shall include: 1. the alleged offense 2. the name of the party making the complaint 11 3. the time and place of the hearing 4. that failure to appear will result in the case being heard in the charged student's absence 5. information of his/her right to know the names of the witnesses against him/her; to present witnesses in his/her behalf; and/ or to request a reasonable postponement of the hearing date 6. a copy of these regulations 7. information for arranging a consultation with that office bringing action. D. The accused shall have the right to choose to have his/her case heard either by the appropriate Vice President or by the Judicial Board. This decision, once made, is binding on the accused. E. In case of a complaint dealing with academic violations, the complaining party will bring a complaint forward to the Academic Vice President. The Academic Vice President will then, as in Section C, notify the accused of pending action. F. In case of a complaint dealing with academic honesty, the Academic Vice President's office will be requested to have representation in all hearings pertaining to the case. G. A hearing shall be within five (5) school days of the original notification to the Hearing Officer unless the Judicial Board, at its discretion, grants a delay to the accused. All hearings are open only to those taking part in the proceedings, and, a witness may not testify in the absence of the accused unless the accused fails to appear and the hearing is held in his/her absence. H. The members of the Judicial Board shall select a chairperson who shall conduct the proceedings of the Board for one full year. I. A quorum shall be four members. In case a quorum is not present, the Chairperson shall dismiss the hearing to the earliest possible time a quorum may be constituted within the next two class days. J. A member of the Judicial Board who is in any way an interested party to a proceeding shall disqualify himself/ herself from the hearing. K. The accused shall have the right to question all witnesses. L. The hearing shall be conducted in an informal manner. Rules of evidence need not be applied, and the Judicial Board, by unanimous vote, may decide whether to consider any piece of evidence presented. M. The Chairperson may adjourn or recess the proceedings at any time during the proceedings, providing the proceedings reconvene within five school days. N. In reaching a decision, the Judicial Board shall consider only matters introduced into evidence at the hearing. O. Any decision of the Judicial Board must be arrived at by a majority vote of those present. P. Within two (2) class days of a hearing, the Judicial Board shall deliver to the accused and to the President of the College, a written notice of its decision, including its recommended sanction, and notice to the accused of his right to appeal. Q. All proceedings of the Judicial Board will be tape- recorded. A copy of this recording will be available to the accused for the purpose of preparing an appeal; and then will be turned over to the office of the appropriate Vice President. VI. Appeal Board: B. The Appeal Board shall consist of three (3) members, two of which shall constitute a quorum: 1. One (1) student - not a member of the Judicial Board, to be chosen by the Committee 2. One (1) faculty - to be chosen by the Faculty Association or the President of the College in the absence of a nomination from the Faculty Association 3. One (1) administrator - to be chosen by the President of the College. The term of office for each appeal board member shall be one (1) year. If any appeal board member should be unable to complete the term, a replacement will be chosen by the appropriate segment of the community. There shall be one meeting of the Appeals Board as soon as possible after its selection for the purpose of setting up internal operating 12 procedures. A copy of these procedures shall be made available to any member of the college community upon request. D. The accused may, within five (5) class days of the Judicial Board decision, request an appeal to the Appeals Board. E. Within two (2) class days the Appeal Board shall notify the accused of its decision to hear or not hear the appeal. F. A hearing shall be within five (5) school days of the decision to hear the appeal unless the Appeals Board, at its discretion, grants a delay to the accused. All hearings are open only to those taking part in the proceedings, and, in no case, will a witness testify in the absence of the defendant. G. The members of the Appeals Board shall select a chair- person who shall conduct the proceedings of the board for one full year. H. The same basic procedure presented in section V, parts K, L, M, N, O, P, and Q shall be used by the Appeals Board when considering procedure. VII. Violations: The Judicial Board System will hear violations of: 1. Academic Honesty - students are expected not to give or receive help during tests; not to submit papers or reports (that are supposed to be original work) which are not entirely their own; and to cite source materials properly. 2. Representing oneself as another person with or without that person's permission. 3. Tampering with or falsifying any College record or official document or the records of judicial groups, or knowingly submitting false information or incorporation in such records. 4. Falsifying, or obtaining through false pretenses, parking stickers, College I.D.'s, or other indicators of special campus privileges. 5. Theft on campus or during a college-sponsored activity. 6. Vandalism on campus or during a college-sponsored activity. 7. Physical assaults, interference, harassment of another person, any action which may subject a student or any other person to physical or mental danger, or injury, or endanger him/her in any way. 8. Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages or use of drugs on campus in violation of the campus policy. 9. False reports of fire or other dangerous conditions (except those resulting from reasonable error or accident). 10. Possession or use on campus or at a College-sponsored activity of fireworks, 13 firearms, or other hazardous or dangerous weapons or substances. 11. Assault, threat, or verbal abuse upon any member of the faculty, administration, student body, or staff at the college. 12. Any violation of the Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities as passed by the Student Government Association and the Student Advisory Commission. 13. Failure to adhere to any college policy stated in the current college Catalogue, Student Survival Manual or Handbook of Rules and Regulations. 14. Any special case that the Hearing Officer deems worthy (necessary) of a hearing. VIII. Sanctions: The Judicial Board System may impose any of the following sanctions: A. ADMONITION A warning or advice that certain conduct has been offensive. B. CENSURE A written reprimand. The writing will also state that further occurrence of the given offense may be considered with prejudice by future Judicial Board action. C. RESTITUTION Compensation for damage or offense committed through the payment of money or through appropriate work requirement related to the offense, which work in no 14 way degrades the individual or inhibits academic progress. D. FINES A levy of a fine up to three times the value of property taken from a rightful owner without authorization, or property wilfully damaged, destroyed or abused. Money collected in excess of property value will be turned over to a Student Loan Fund or Scholarship Fund. E. PROBATION A period of time during which a student's actions are subject to close examination. Offenses committed during this period will be considered with prejudice by the Judicial Board. F. RESTRICTION A student may be denied access to any college building, area, activity, class, or academic program. G. SUSPENDED SUSPENSION A suspended removal from the College for a period of one or two semesters or balance thereof. Any proven offense committed during this period will cause the suspension to take effect for the balance of the period in addition to the sanction given for the latest offense. H. SUSPENSION Removal from the College for a period of one or two semesters or balance thereof. No registration, class attendance, participation in co-curricular activities, or College housing will be permitted during this time. IMMEDIATE SUSPENSION The President of the College may act to remove immediately from the campus as necessary any student who may be acting contrary to the safety or well-being of himself/ herself, others, or the property of the college. LIMITED EXPULSION Removal from the College. Review for readmittance will be granted only after expiration of two calendar years from time of removal. semester by the Student Welfare Committees of the All-College Committee and the Student Government Association. K. EXPULSION Permanent removal from the College. L. The Judicial Board shall maintain all records pertaining to a particular student for a reasonable time after a sanction is imposed unless the Judicial Board specifies otherwise in compliance with Federal and State regulations. M. All decisions of the Judicial Board are subject to final approval of the President of the College. IX. WAIVER Any student may waive any of his rights hereunder, including the student's right to a hearing. By agreement of the Hearing Officer and the students who are parties to any action, a step in the hearing procedure may be postponed for the purpose of resolution by agreement of parties. X. REASSESSMENT The rules and regulations and the operation of the Judicial Board shall be evaluated no later than six (6) weeks after the beginning of the second III. RESIDENCE HALL REGULATIONS Rules for Student Conduct Residents are accountable for any behavior which infringes on individual and group rights, and/ or jeopardizes the health and safety of individuals and property. All residents must abide by these regulations, as well as College and State Regulations. Individual residence hall rules and regulations shall also be obeyed to the extent to which they do not conflict with these regulations. Violations of these regulations may result in the resident's dismissal from the residence hall or other sanctions in accordance with College administrative procedures. 1. Tampering with fire fighting equipment, turning in false alarms or making a bomb threat will result in immediate suspension from the residence hall. A resident who refuses to cooperate with residence hall staff and security personnel will be suspended from the residence hall. 2. Athletic endeavors within or in the general area of the residence hall are prohibited unless authorized by the residence hall staff. 15 3. Residents are held responsible and accountable for the behavior and the actions of their guests. 4. The following quiet hours are in effect in all residence halls: Sunday-Thursday 9:00pm - 9:00am.; Friday and Saturday 11:00pm - 9:00am. At all other times consideration for the rights of other residents and neighbors to sleep, study, and socialize in and around the residence halls in conditions of reasonable quiet must be exercised. No parties will be permitted within the residence halls, except in conformance with guidelines established by the residence hall staffs. Provisions regarding quiet hours may be altered by individual residence hall councils, but only to make them stricter. The specific provisions of the Stereo Noise Policy must be complied with. 5. Threats, verbal abuse, or assaults on any residence hall staff members (including Deskworkers, Resident Assistants, Head Residents, and Student Life Staff members) are gounds for immediate suspension from the residence hall and further college disciplinary proceedings. 6. Students are also expected to abide by all regulations contained in the College Catalogue, Handbook, of Rules and Regulations, and Residence Hall Manual. 7. Entry to resident rooms: College housing personnel may enter student rooms at any time for health and safety related emergencies and will enter rooms upon reasonable notice, during non-vaction periods and at any time during vacation periods in order to make routine maintenance repairs and safety checks and to insure that residence hall regulations are being complied with. Regular room checks will be conducted upon the closing of the residence halls for vacation periods for health and safety reasons by the residence hall staffs. 8. Cleanliness: Students are responsible for the cleanliness of their rooms and must maintain reasonable sanitation and safety standards. Waste materials should be removed regularly. Students are responsible for cleaning their rooms. If the College must clean the room, an appropriate charge will be assessed to the resident. Rooms will be checked periodically for cleaniness by the residence hall staff. 9. Pets: For health and safety reasons, no animal or pet of any kind is permitted within the residence halls unless otherwise permitted by the Director of Housing. 10. Overnight Non-Residents: The host resident is responisble for the non-resident's actions while in the building; each residence hall's parietal rules must be observed. The host resident is responsible for the non-resident's actions while in the building. If another resident's bed and room are to be used, permission for use must be in writing. 11. Visitation Policy: Residents are permitted to entertain non- residents in accordance with the visitation policies in effect in each residence hall. Violations of these policies are grounds for disciplinary action. 12. Alcohol: Alcohol is not permitted in the residence halls in violation of state laws. Alcohol is not permitted in public areas (halls, lounges, stairwells, lobbies. 16 13. elevators, bathrooms). Party registration guidelines must be complied with. Drugs: All illegal drugs are prohibited in the residence halls. 14. Weapons: The possession, maintainenance, or discharge of firearms of any nature or description (fireworks, any other device of any explosive nature, bows, arrows, crossbows, slingshots or any other instrument which could be considered a weapon) is prohibited in or about the residence halls. 15. Cooking and Washing Appliances: The use of cooking, heating, and washing appliances is prohibited in the resident's room. 16. Solicitations: Commercial activities, solicitations or advertisement are not permitted in the buildings or on the grounds of the College residence halls except when permission has been specifically granted by the Director of Housing. 17. Use and Treatment of Premises: No objects may be dropped or thrown from windows. Residents may not enter upon, cross or use rooftops or fire excapes in any manner without specific written authorization from the Housing Office. Tampering with locks and altering or duplicating college keys are prohibited. Lounge furniture may not be moved to resident rooms. Removing window screens without permission from the Housing Office and/ or sitting on window sills or leaning out of windows is prohibited. 18. Apartment Complex: Students are on notice that the Apartment Complex is considered a College residence hall and is therefore subject to all relevant College Housing rules, regulations and procedures. 19. Theft and/or vandalism on campus or during a college- sponsored activity is strictly prohibited. 20. Physical assaults, interference, harassment of another person, any action which may subject a student or any other person to physical or mental danger, or injury, or endanger him/her in any way are grounds for disciplinary action. 21. Failure to comply with Judicial Board decisions and/ or actions will result in action by the Director of Housing and/or the Vice President for Student Services. SANCTIONS The system of major violations and minor violations is hereby done away with. Each individual case must be dealt with on its own merits. However, a student's behavioral history, based on judicial records of all the residence halls, may be considered in deciding on a sanction. The following sanctions may be imposed. A. ADMONITION A warning or advice that certain conduct has been offensive. B. CENSURE A written reprimand. The writing will also state that further occurrence of the given offense may be considered with prejudice by future Judicial Board action. C. RESTITUTION Compensation for damage or offense committed through the payment of money or through appropriate work requirement related to the offense which work in no way degrades the individual or inhibits academic progress. 17 D. FINES A levy of a fine up to three times the value of property taken from a rightful owner without authorization, or property willfully damaged, destroyed or abused. Money collected in excess of property value will be turned over to the residence hall government. E. PROBATION A period of time during which a student's actions are subject to close examination. Offenses committed during this period will be considered with prejudice by the Judicial Board. resident is expected to take the initiative in requesting in a polite way that the noise be alleviated. Fitchburg State College has established the following policy for its resident staff regarding abuse of the stereo privilege: 1. RA's, Head Residents and other Student Life staff members have the authority to give verbal warnings to students who, in their judgment, are playing their stereos too loud in disregard of the rights of others. An informal record of these warnings will be kept. F. RESTRICTION A student may be denied access to any residence hall or part of a residence hall. G. Suspension of visitation privileges for guests. H. Suspension from dorm activities. I. Any case resulting in restriction from a residence hall may be referred to the Campus Judicial Board for further action. J. All decisions of the Judicial Board are subject to final approval of the Vice President for Student Services. POLICY ON EXCESSIVE STEREO NOISE IN RESIDENCE HALLS Fitchburg State College supports the right of the members of its community to live and work in an atmosphere conducive to educational pursuits. One important element of this atmosphere is a minimal level of noise, particularly from stereos. Each resident has the responsibility to use his or her stereo in such a way as not to disturb other residents of the building or neighboring homes or classrooms buildings. Furthermore, if a resident believes that there is excessive stereo noise coming from one part of a building, that 2. After one verbal warning the student is to be referred to the Head Resident who will take appropriate action. Upon referral, the Head Resident must warn the student that any further abuse of his/her stereo privilege will result in the loss of the privilege. However, the Head Resident may exercise the following options, depending on the facts presented: 1. The Head Resident may refer the case to the Residence Hall Judicial Board. 2. The Head Resident may recommend that the student be removed from the residence halls immediately. 3. The Head Resident may recommend that the student's stereo privilege be revoked. 4. The Head Resident may recommend that the student not be returned to the residence halls for the following year. 3. Upon recommendation of the Head Resident or Judicial Board, the Housing Office will take appropriate action and may alter the recommendation in light of the facts presented. 4. A student or group of students may be referred directly to the Director of Housing in the event of a flagrant or abusive violation. PROCEDURES FOR PLANNING A PARTY IN A RESIDENCE HALL A group of people who plan to gather for a social purpose must register their party. Registering of a party does not exempt the hosts or guests from any residence hall regulations regarding noise levels, behavior or consideration of fellow residents. Parties must be scheduled in accordance with residence hall quiet hours and are not permitted from Sunday through Thursday evenings. Exceptions may be made by the Dorm Council and the Head Resident in case of holidays or special occasions. The following procedures are to be followed in the planning of all parties: 1. Notify a Resident Advisor and file a party registration form at least 2 days in advance. In the case of a party arising spontaneously, residents must see the Head Resident for permission to schedule the party. Any registered party is subject to immediate dispersement. 2. Persons planning a party are advised to be aware of the following responsibilities: 1. to report and make reparation for any damages or mishaps associated with the event. 2. specify clean-up arrangements to immediately follow the party, 3. provide aid to deskworker as needed for sign-in and sign- out of non-resident guests, 4. to provide security arrangements for monitoring the behavior of guests and participation of "crashers" and to notify an RA of any potentially harmful situations. No kegs are allowed in the residence halls at Fitchburg State College. All events which involve alcoholic beverages must be in accordance with city and state regulations. STUDENT LIFE REGULATIONS Alcohol Policios A. Fitchburg State College recognizes that federal, state and local laws govern the manufacture transportation, distribution, storing, sale and use of alcoholic beverages. Strict adherence to these laws must be observed, as violations are subject to prosecution by civil authorities. Some of the more pertinent of these laws are: 1. A license by the City of Fitchburg is required if alcoholic beverages are to be sold. 2. No person or group shall purchase or otherwise procure alcoholic beverages for the purpose of consumption by a minor, as legally defined, unless the acquiring person is the spouse, parent, or guardian of the minor. 3. Anyone under the legal drinking age shall not purchase in any manner or transport alcoholic beverages. Transportation is permitted only in the company of a parent or guardian. 19 4. Public intoxication is now governed by civil statutes involving potential civil commitment. 5. Driving a motor vehicle under the influence is illegal. 6. Violations of civil law are subject to civil action. 7. A Fitchburg City Ordinance calls for a $200 fine for possession of open liquor containers in public in the City of Fitchburg. In addition to the preceding laws and others which may be established by legislative bodies, the following rules and regulations apply to the property of Fitchburg State College and its use by college students and/ or employees. (College property includes property owned or leased by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and used by the College and property owned and leased by the Massachusetts State College Building Authority and used by the College.) 1. Functions must be restricted to members of the College community and their guests. 2. Alcoholic beverages may not be served, sold or consumed at the McKay Campus School (GL 272 Section 40A). 3. Serving and consumption of alcoholic beverages at campus functions will be permitted only after approval concerning the purpose, time, place, type of beverage and other pertinent information, by the appropriate officer of the respective segment or other group. They are: F. G. a. Faculty: Academic Vice President b. Students: Vice President for Student Services c. Staff: Assistant to the President Recognized college organizations, after receiving clearance for use of College property, may apply for a license from the Fitchburg Licensing Commission, City Hall, 718 Main Street, Fitchburg, Mass., telephone 342-1817. All requests shall be submitted seven (7) working days in advance and shall indicate how the beverage will be funded and who will obtain the license. Consumption of alcoholic beverage in residence halls is permitted in accordance with the existing laws. The Housing Office has set up rules for its residents in conjunction with the Office of Student Life. Please consult the Housing Director for rules regarding registration of parties, and see the section of this Handbook on Residence Hall Regulations. On other college property alcoholic beverges may be consumed only when approved by the designated officer of the respective segment. Appeals may be requested by the applicant and the application will be forwarded to the Appeals Board. This Board will be composed of an Administrator, a faculty member, a staff member and student. Violation of college regulations will be considered by the respective officer of the involved segment. 20 H. Whenever you plan an activity, whether alcohol is being served or not, you first concern should be the well-being of your guests. Please take a few minutes to review this list. If you do, your program may be better. 1. What is the purpose of your program? Can you achieve the same purpose without serving alcohol? 2. Beverage alternatives to alcohol must be served. Will the alternative beverage be served in the same manner as alcohol? Is the cost for the nonalcoholic beverage cheaper or the same price as the alcoholic drink? Remember that at least 1/3 of the adult population does not drink. Some people, for a variety of reasons, do not wish to drink on all occasions, and these people should be able to get a soft drink without a hassle. 3. Is it possible to buy one drink? You may be encouraging drinking by selling "5 drinks for $1", or "all you can drink." This kind of advertising will not be permitted on campus. 4. Are your proportions equivalent? 4 oz. of wine = 12 oz. of beer = 1 oz. of liquor. People like to know the amount of alcohol they consume. If you load their drinks you may be creating a problem. 5. Food to eat must be provided. What are you pushing: alcohol or food? 6. If someone gets drunk, are you prepared to deal with the problem? Are you assertive enough to say that they cannot have any more? Can you or volunteers drive that person home? Who cleans up if they get sick? 7. Do you stop serving alcohol before closing? Do you begin to serve coffee about one hour before closing? 8. Are you controlling your atmosphere? Is it relaxing? Are there alternatives to standing and drinking? Can people talk? Is the lighting bright enough to see what you are eating or drinking, but not so bright as to be glaring or uncomfortable? Pub Rules and Regulations Campus Canter, Fitchburg State College 1. All rules and regulations of the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission and the City of Fitchburg Licensing Commission will be adhered to. 2. All rules and regulations of Fitchburg State College pertaining to alcoholic beverages will be adhered to, also. 3. The following Pub Lounge regulations are established by the management and must be adhered to: A. Only students, faculty and staff of the College and their guests will be permitted in the Pub Area. B. Proper ID is required for admittance. All students, faculty and staff must show both a currently valid College ID card AND a valid Massachusetts Driver's License or Registry Card. All guests must show a valid Massachusetts Driver's License or Registry Card. C. Only one guest is permitted per College ID card holder. All guests must register with the Checker's Table. 21 D. Profanity, abusive and vulgar language will not be allowed. E. Deliberate damage to furniture, fixtures or any part of the Pub or building will not be allowed. In the event of any damage, the individual responsible shall pay all costs involved. F. Fighting or throwing of any object will not be allowed. G. Anyone refusing to show college ID will not be allowed to enter. H. The decision to refuse service to anyone believed to be overly intoxicated, causing a disturbance, or a known minor, will rest with the bartender in charge, or management. I. Anyone who has been refused service for any of the above reasons or refuses to leave may lose the privilege of use of the Pub for seven (7) days of operation. A second offense may result in the loss of the Pub privilege for the rest of the semester. J. Anyone who has lost his/her Campus Center privileges will be denied entrance to the Pub until privileges are restored. Use of Holmes Dining Commons for Special Events 1. All requests by student organizations for the use of Holmes Dining Commons for activities must be initiated with the Campus Center Office. Appropriate clearances must be obtained from the cafeteria management (and applicable cleaning deposits paid) and from the Campus Police. Arrangments for cleanup, sercurity, serving of non-alcoholic beverages must be made. 2. If the event is one at which beer will be sold, once the above procedure has been completed, the organization must inform the Student Life Office of its plans and intentions prior to approaching the Fitchburg Licensing Commission. 3. A one-day license for sale of beer then needs to be obtained from the Fitchburg Licensing Commission, City Hall, 718 Main Street, Fitchburg, MA, 342-1817. It is the responsibility of the sponsoring organizations to initiate requests for these licenses, and these requests should be made in writing at least a month in advance of the requested date of the event. The License Commission has complete discretion and authority in granting or refusing a license on a given date. 4. It is the policy of the License Commission to grant no more than two (2) one-day licenses per month for such functions at the College. 5. The Student Life Office acts as a liaison with the Fitchburg Licensing Commission in the granting of the licenses. It is the usual practice of the Licensing Commission to check with the Student Life Office prior to consideration of a license request to make sure that the Student Life Office is aware of the plans for the event, that proper procedures have been followed by the requesting organization, and that the Student Life Office has given permission for the event to take place. 22 Because of the large number of requests for events of this kind, the Student Life Office has established the following criteria for granting of requests for such events as of September 1, 1978. A. All requests for events in a given month must be submitted by the first of the preceding month. For example, a request for an event on November 10th must be submitted by October 1st. The procedures outlined in numbers 1-3 above must have been followed. 7. Beginning Spring Semester 1979, the only nights available for the use of Holmes Dining Commons for groups other than the SGA Programs Committee is Saturday. 8. In addition to the Campus Center Pub being closed on evenings when Holmes Dining Commons has an event which serves alcohol; Holmes Dining Commons will not be available for a special event which serves alcohol on nights when entertainment is scheduled in the Campus Center Pub. Animals on Campus After the first of each month, the Student Life Office will support requests for events submitted for the following month from organizations with the following priorities. 1. SGA Programs Committee 2. Residence Halls 3. SGA recognized and funded organizations alone or in combination with each other 4. SGA recognized and funded organizations in combination with SGA recognized organizations Due to health and safety considerations, no animals can be allowed on campus or in campus buildings at any time. Obvious exceptions would be seeing- eye dogs and laboratory animals. Cafeteria Behavior The college is lucky to have spacious facilities and a good food program to serve its many resident and commuting students, faculty, staff and guests. A pleasant cafeteria atmosphere not only reflects a civilized community, it also respects the needs of others to enjoy a few moments of quiet or conversation during a busy day. The student food committees welcome suggestions on everything from food quality to atmosphere to help you make our food service responsive to our many needs. As between groups of equal priority, the date of submission of the request will determine priority, with the exception that no group except the SGA Programs Committee may sponsor more than one program per year alone or in combination with any other group, unless there are no other requests for use of Holmes for a given month. The following policy has been established to ensure a pleasant cafeteria atmosphere: 1. If there are grievances of any kind about the food service in any of its locations, contact one of the following: A. Food Service (James Moran, Manager, Holmes Dining Commons, Ext. 157). B. Will Stephenson, Campus Center, telephone 343-7394. C. Any member of the student food committees (names available from either of the above. Vice President for Student Services or Vice President for Administration). The food committees meet regularly and will discuss all concerns from nutrition to noise. 2. If the grievances seem unattended, contact Mr. John Boursy, Vice President for Administration or Dr. Bill Donohue. Vice President for Student Services. 3. In the event of unruly behavior in the cafeterias, such as loud or prolonged disturbances; throwing of food; verbal harassment of food service staff or other members of the college community or its guests, the manager or supervisor has the right to ask anyone to leave the premises. Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action, and the permanent revocation of the right to eat in the cafeterias with no reund of any monies paid after the normal refund period. 4. Slipping someone into the cafeteria to consume food or the misuse and misrepresentation of an identification card is an offense punishable by the campus judicial board. 5. Less severe problems such as chronic disregard of requests to return trays, clean tables on departure, respect furniture or other diners may be handled differently. A. A request to stop the offensive behavior is customary and expected from the offended party. It's also courteous, given the pressures of college life and each individual's needs to let off steam, express himself or herself, or simply to make others aware of his or her indiscretions. All college staff and students have the right and duty to respond to offensive behavior, B. Should a request by any member of the college community go unheeded, the food service supervisor should be contacted; and after introducing him /herself and sitting down with those involved to explain the need for cooperation, should give a verbal warning, and may provide the offender with a copy of this policy or ask to see the student's identification card. C. If the warning is not reasonably responded to, the supervisor has the following choices: 1. Repeat the warning. 2. Ask the people to leave the cafeteria (see 3 above) and initiate judicial action through the Student Life Office or the Student Judicial Board. D. Any abuse of this policy or disregard for a request to leave the cafeteria may result in the calling of Campus Police. Confidentiality of Student Records This is a summary of the Massachusetts State College System Guidelines Pertaining to Confidentiality of Students Records. Copies of the Guidelines are available for study at the library and at offices where records are kept. 24 Education records include "records, files, documents and other materials which ... contain information directly related to a student" and "are maintained by an educational agency or institution." The following are excluded: personal files of faculty and administrators; law enforcement records; medical, psychiatric, or psychological records and, employment records of non-student personnel. Directory Information "includes a student's name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, school or college, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student." The College will release directory information upon request unless the student involved requests in writing that it be suppressed. Such request must be made annually no later than October 1st or, for second semester entrants, February 1st, at the Student Life Office. Access Rights of Students: Students may have access to records other than those pertaining to parental financial information and those containing confidential evaluations and recommendations written prior to January 1, 1975. A student may waive his/her right to access to materials submitted after that date but must not be required to do so. When a waiver has been employed, the student may, upon request, be notified of the names of those who have submitted evaluations or recommendations. Access Rights of Others: No one shall have access to education records without written consent by the student except for the following: 2. Federal auditors who require information by state and federal statute; 3. Financial aid personnel processing applications; 4. Research agencies which must use data in such a way that individuals cannot be identified and who will destroy the information when it is no longer needed; 5. Accrediting agencies; 6. Parents of dependent students under certain conditions; and 7. Others in emergency situations involving health or safety. How to Gain Access to a Record: A student who wishes to examine a record must obtain a request form from the Student Life Office upon presentation of a proper identification card. The request form must be completed, and a photostat together with the identification card presented to the office where the record is kept. Only the permanent card (transcript) is considered as a "permanent educational record." Other records may be destroyed in accordance with established schedules. Students may challenge contents of a record. The keeper of said record will discuss the challenge and indicate steps available to the student. The correctness of an assigned grade is not open to challenge but the accuracy of its recording is. Types and Locations of Records: The following listing denotes types of records and the record keeping office in the daytime session of the College. Students in other sessions of the College should consult with the offices of those Divisions to determine their record-keeping locations. Faculty and staff who have a legitimate interest; 25 Type of Record Academic (Transcripts, Admissions Athletics Disciplinary Financial Financial Aid Placement Scholarships Veterans Office of Record Registrar etc.) Director of Admissions Director of Athletics Student Life Business Office Director of Financial Aid Director of Placement Student Life Coordinator of Veterans Affairs V. Maintaining Records of Data Usage VI. Access to Personal Data VII. Data Subject Objection VIII. General Procedures IX. Enforcement Procedures Students should note that if any of these regulations should conflict with applicable provisions of the federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, or of any regulations promulgated pursuant to said act, the provisions of said federal act or federal regulations shall control. Facilities Reservations Since physical location of offices is subject to change, the student should consult the directory at the Highland Avenue entrance to the Administration Building. Questions related to the material above should be referred to the Student Life Office. Again, it should be noted that the above is a digest and that the complete guidelines are available for study at the offices listed above and in the Library. Privacy and Confidentiality Regulations Pursuant to Fair Information Practices Act All requests for use of on-campus facilities must be initiated in the Campus Center Office. Please consult the Campus Center for information regarding facilities and refer to the Programmer's Guide, published by the Campus Center, for specific information. Massachusetts Trespass Act Fitchburg State College is governed by the Massachusetts Trespass Act, enacted June 2, 1969. Trespasing Upon the Land of Certain Institutions Privacy and Confidentiality regulations pursuant to the Fair Information Practices Act-F.I.P.A.-(Chapter 776 of the Acts of 1975) are posted, together with a copy of the Chapter 776 and the name of the F.I.P.A. administrator on appropriate bulletin boards at the College. They may also be examined at the offices of the Vice Presidents of the College and of the F.I.P.A. Included in these regulations are the following sections intended to implement this law. I. Intent II. Definitions III. Implementation Responsibilities IV. Security Procedures Whoever willfully trespasses upon land or premises belonging to the Commonwealth, or to any authority established by the general court for purposes incidental to higher education ... after notice from an officer of any of said institutions to leave said land, remains thereon, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $50 or by imprisonment for not more than three months. Non-Discrimination Fitchburg State College's policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, age, color, creed, national origin, marital or parental status, or handicap, in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, in the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, or in the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by federal and state laws and regulations. In keeping with Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments Act, Fitchburg State College guarantees that no student shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any of the College's programs or activities. This assurance extends to all aspects of the operation of the College affecting students, such as admissions, financial aid, counseling of all types, classroom procedures, academic and educational programs, athletics, housing, funding of activities, and use of facilities. Past-Due Student Accounts Any indebtedness to the College which becomes past due, immediately jeopardizes the student's enrollment and no such student shall be permitted to graduate or register for a subsequent semester or summer school term. Further, any student who fails to pay all indebtedness to the College may not be issued diplomas, degrees, or other official statements, unless otherwise mandated by law. Due dates are posted annually by the Chief Fiscal Officer. Parking Regulations Parking facilities at Fitchburg State College are limited, but are being gradually expanded. Commuting students are required to obtain identification stickers if they wish to park in student lots on campus. There are no parking areas assigned to resident students. Junior and senior residents whose curricula require travel to nursing and teaching assignments should confer with the Student Life Office. More specific information is contained in the booklet entitled "Motor Vehicle Regulations," available from the Campus Police. 27 FITCHBURG STATE COLLEGE FITCHBURG, MASS. 01420 Fitchburg State College maintains its policy of non-discrimination and affirmative action in fulfillment of the requirements of Executive Order 11246 and 11375. Titles IV, VI, VII, IX and X of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended in 1972. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and other applicable state and federal statutes.